Prince Bans Music Services from Streaming His Catalog- http://www.blackenterprise.com/news/prince-bans-music-services-streaming-his-catalog/
Ownership. Control. Profits. I ain't mad at him. Prince is well known for his public battle with Warner Brothers (which he did win).This can work for someone like Prince who has time, clout and a large body of work in this business. But can it be a profitable strategy for lesser known artists?
The internet has leveled the playing field in a lot of ways for artists. But there is a possibility it could also cripple them if they go Prince's route. He obviously doesn't need the exposure.
Let's look at what Beyonce did. She went straight to iTunes to drop her last work. She took on Target and sold millions without ever having to get distribution in Target. She controlled the medium. She controlled the access. iTunes and the internet worked fine for her.
Look at Taylor Swift. She stood up to Apple and got them to change their policy by threatening to pul he music from iTunes. They conceded and she's now on the roster.
Weigh in on this. Do you see this working for artists? And looking even further, what about authors and other content creators?